Saturday, April 26, 2008
I never actually got a chance to go into Liquors before it closed, so I'm not among the apparently large contingent of Clinton Hillers who mourned its passing. It's nice to have the space finally filled with someone interesting, though, an interesting Moroccan place called Kif. Feeling like something new, we gave it a try the other night.
It's a pretty small space, but there's a nice open area out back and since the weather was nice, that's where we decided to sit. The decor in the garden could use some work, really. More little plants and trees would help, and music that's appropriate to theme would be welcome. Listening to Top 40 Latin hits wasn't quite what I was looking for. It's a minor issue, though. There's a big hookah out there, although it wasn't in use while we were there.
Kif's got a sparse but interesting cocktail menu, and on weeknights they offer 2 for 1 drink from 5-7, and they don't restrict you to the bar, which is nice. Mick got one of the drinks, something with rum and juice and a cherry - I can't remember the name of it, for the life of me. SOmething to do with a harem, I think. It was pretty good.
To start, I had a very basic dish of pita bread with oil. It was very good, but I felt like this should be provided to every table as a matter of course. It was only a buck, but come on.
Mick got something much more interesting: spinach and goat cheese "cigars," deep fried and served with sour cream. These were outstanding and might have been the best thing we tasted all night. If you like goat cheese, don't pass these up.
For my entree, I had the seared salmon with peppers and chic peas. It's tough to screw up salmon, and thankfully they didn't. I would have liked the whole thing to be a bit spicier, but it was definitely good and I'd order it again.
Mick got the cous cous with seven vegetables, which as far as we could tell was a bit of a misnomer. We only counted six vegetables, but one of the condiments provided was a little bowl of sweet onions, so maybe that counts? I think thats like counting ketchup as a vegetable, frankly. In any event, the dish was good, although it's a big portion and she was a bit bored of cous cous by the end.
Kif's a fun little addition to the neighborhood, and it's definitely worth trying. The menu isn't particularly expansive, but we liked what we had. If anything, the fruity cocktails are worth it for happy hour during the week.
219 Dekalb Ave